By Tobias Lengnan Dapam, and Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Following attack on Borno Governor’s convoy at the weekend, the Nigerian Military said it has deployed bomb and IED disposal teams to ensure effective route scanning and clearance to forestall future occurrence.
The convoy of the Borno State Civilians Relocation Committee comprising Armed Forces of Nigeria, Nigeria Police Force and Civilian Joint Task Force was ambushed by members of the BHT/ISWAP at Barwati village on 25 of September 2020.
The military in a statement issued yesterday by Major General, Coordinator,
Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, said the attack/ambush was however successfully repelled by the gallant troops.
It however, noted that a total of 18 lives including 4 soldiers, 10 Policemen and 4 civilians were lost during the sad incident.
“Troops on hot pursuit of the insurgents successfully recovered 3 vehicles. Two of the vehicles belonging to the Nigeria Police that were earlier carted away by the terrorists during the attack. Similarly, one BHT gun truck was also captured.
“ The casualties recorded were as a result of the explosion from the multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted on the road by the terrorists.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu NPM Mni has condemned the attack on a security convoy in Borno State by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists. It would be recalled that the convoy came under attack on Friday 25th September, 2020 along Monguno – Cross Kawua road as it was heading to the ancient town of Baga, as part of collective efforts at restoring civil authority in the community.
The IGP in a statement yesterday also directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Police Medical Services, Olubunmi Ogunsanwo to work in sync with the Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command CP Bello Makwashi and the Police Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) towards ensuring adequate provision of Medicare for the officers injured during the attack.
For its part, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also condemned weekend’s fresh attack on the convoy of Borno state Governor, Prof. Baba Gana Zulum, by insurgents resulting in the killing of security operatives attached to the governor.
The PDP said the repeated attack on the governor as well as the rising wave of terrorist attacks reinforce apprehensions of security compromises and lapses, which underpin the necessity to immediately rejig the nation’s security apparatchik.
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan noted that
the security architecture in the North East axis is being compromised.
According to the the PDP, ‘This is particularly with Governor Zulum’s insistence that the security architecture in the North East axis is being compromised.
‘Our party is alarmed by the frightening situation where insurgents now have the temerity of repeated attacks on the armed convoy of a state governor, which highlights the nightmare being witnessed by ordinary compatriots, as soft targets, in various troubled areas across our dear nation.’